The landscape of iGaming licensing is undergoing a transformative shift this year, with Curaçao licensees bracing for more rigorous regulations from September 2023. As market entry becomes more challenging, operators are turning their gaze towards Anjouan, drawn by its swift and simplified licensing process. Slotegrator’s experts delve into the reasons behind this emerging trend and shed light on why Anjouan is gaining traction among new iGaming operators.
Long revered as the go-to choice for budding iGaming operators due to its straightforward application process and budget-friendly fees, Curaçao’s allure is facing a transformation with the impending introduction of a new licensing system. While existing license holders have a grace period of a year to adapt, fresh entrants into the realm of iGaming are seeking alternatives that offer rapid, hassle-free, and cost-effective licensing. Enter Anjouan.
Although recently garnering attention, the Anjouan license has a longer history than meets the eye. Originating from the Computer Gaming Licensing Act 007 Of 2005, enacted by the State of Anjouan Union of Comoros, this license has quietly provided a gateway for iGaming since February 2005.
In contrast to other esteemed licensors like Malta or Kahnawake, renowned for granting access to international markets, the Anjouan license stands out for its budget-friendly nature, making it an enticing proposition for fledgling companies entering the iGaming arena.
A distinctive advantage of the Anjouan license lies in its comprehensiveness. Unlike certain jurisdictions where separate licenses are requisite for various verticals, Anjouan offers an all-encompassing license. This empowers licensees to offer a diverse array of gambling forms under one license umbrella: online casino, lotto, sports betting, bingo, scratch cards, and more, including software provision and white-labeling services. This versatility aligns seamlessly with Slotegrator’s APIgrator game content integration solution, facilitating an extensive game portfolio.
Applicants navigating the Anjouan licensing path are required to furnish a business summary, platform terms and conditions, and policies addressing key aspects like KYC, AML, underage gaming, and fair gaming. Comparable to other jurisdictions, applicants undergo rigorous background checks and technical evaluations. Once approved, license holders can operate from the island without facing a GGR tax.
Anjouan License: Highlights
- Valid for one year, renewable annually, in contrast to Gibraltar’s 5-year license.
- Available for both B2C and B2B operators.
- Grants up to 2 URLs under a single license.
- Sublicensing is prohibited.
- Boasts a 0% gaming tax in GGR and 0% VAT.
- Emphasizes responsible gaming, ensuring access to player counseling and assistance services.
Petr Stehlik, a lawyer at Slotegrator, lauds the Anjouan license as an ideal avenue for entering the regulated market. Its convenience is undeniable, serving as a launchpad for online casinos. Stehlik’s perspective echoes the sentiment that the Anjouan license offers burgeoning operators an opportunity to establish a legal iGaming business, optimizing resources for platform development and marketing.
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